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The Best of Croatia: A Coastal Voyage by Yacht

Program Number: 20118RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/27/2015 - 6/8/2015; 4/16/2016 - 4/28/2016; 4/23/2016 - 5/5/2016; 4/30/2016 - 5/12/2016; 5/5/2016 - 5/17/2016; 5/7/2016 - 5/19/2016; 5/12/2016 - 5/24/2016; 5/18/2016 - 5/30/2016; 5/19/2016 - 5/31/2016; 5/25/2016 - 6/6/2016; 5/26/2016 - 6/7/2016; 6/1/2016 - 6/13/2016; 6/2/2016 - 6/14/2016; 6/8/2016 - 6/20/2016; 9/14/2016 - 9/26/2016; 9/21/2016 - 10/3/2016; 9/22/2016 - 10/4/2016; 9/24/2016 - 10/6/2016; 9/28/2016 - 10/10/2016; 9/29/2016 - 10/11/2016; 10/1/2016 - 10/13/2016; 10/5/2016 - 10/17/2016; 10/6/2016 - 10/18/2016; 10/8/2016 - 10/20/2016; 10/13/2016 - 10/25/2016; 10/15/2016 - 10/27/2016; 10/22/2016 - 11/3/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Croatia/Montenegro
Price starting at: $3,347.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 28; 11 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

With its turquoise waters, idyllic coves and 1,000 islands, Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is best discovered by boat. Set sail on a privately chartered yacht for an adventure that leads to rural villages and breathtaking national parks and into fascinating history.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain; stairs without railings.

Please note that some dates operate in reverse, beginning in Split (Croatia) and ending in Herceg Novi (Montenegro). Departures operate on one of three different ships: MSY Barbara, MY Futura, and MS Aloha. See the daily schedule for details. An extension to Croatia's capital city, Zagreb, and the lakes region is available for all dates of this program! This extension is offered pre-program for all dates that start in Split (Croatia). The extension is offered post-program for all dates that start in Herceg Novi (Montenegro).

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Herceg Novi (Montenegro), 2 nights; aboard vessel; 7 nights; Split (Croatia), 2 nights.

Day 1:
Overnight flight from the U.S.A.

Day 2-3:
Arrival Dubrovnik (Croatia) / coach to Herceg Novi (Montenegro):

Journey to Montenegro and learn how the town of Herceg Novi has been influenced by occupiers including Turks, Venetians, Spaniards and Austro-Hungarians. Lodging: Four-star hotel.

Days 4-5:
Coach to Dubrovnik / embark vessel:

Share lunch with a Croatian family en route to Dubrovnik. Discover this beautiful walled city with a local expert.

Day 6:

Discover Mljet National Park, distinguished by its dense woods and beautiful saltwater lakes. Take a boat excursion to a small island in one of the lakes to visit a 12th-century monastery.

Days 7-8:

In historic Hvar town, visit the West’s first theater open to all classes of society. Learn about the town of Stari Grad, occupied since 384 BC when the Greeks founded a colony there.

Day 9:

Explore this ancient Adriatic harbor town including the palace of the Cipiko family and the Kamerlengo Castle, built by the Venetians.

Days 10-13:
Split / disembark / departure:

A University of Split professor introduces you to the city. Discover Diocletian’s Palace, built as a massive seaside retirement villa by the Roman emperor. Take a field trip to the village of Sibenik to step inside the Cathedral of St. James, a stunning marble basilica constructed by Italian and later Croatian masters. Lodging: Historic hotel.


This four star comfort yacht has just 18 cabins and can accommodate up to 36 Road Scholar participants for an intimate Adriatic Coast experience. The comfortable cabins are air conditioned and include modern amenities and en-suite facilities. The Vita’s construction was completed in 2014, and its friendly captain and crew of 9 are excited to say “Dobro Dosli” – Welcome Aboard!

Comfortable hotels, cabins on board MSY Barbara, MY Futura, and MS Aloha.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
  Herceg Novi, Montenegro 2 nights
   MS Vita
  At Sea, At Sea 7 nights
   Cornaro Hotel
  Split, Croatia 2 nights
 Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort is situated on a seaside promenade a mere 5 minute walk from downtown Herceg-Novi where narrow streets, alleyways, intimate squares and cafés abound. The hotel sits among thick Mediterranean vegetation looking out on a view of the Gulf of Kotor.
  Contact info: ul. Sveta Bubala
Herceg-Novi 85340,   Montenegro
phone: +382.31.355 000
  Room amenities: High speed internet access, satellite TV, air conditioning, telephone, mini bar, shower, hair dryer, in-room safe and iron/ironing board
  Facility amenities: Swimming pool, paddling pool, private beach, health & wellness center, 3 restaurants, conference center, wireless internet, 24 hour front desk
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MS Vita
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MS Vita is a 125ft long, 26ft wide luxury vessel, with a cruising speed of nine nautical miles. This ship was built in 2013 with latest state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. Maximum capacity is 36 passengers in 18 twin or double beds cabins, guaranteeing an intimate setting for all guests. All cabins have been built by up-to-date standards. Each, fully equipped with A/C, LCD TV, mini-bar, safe deposit box, fire alarm, internal communication system between room and bar. In addition to that each cabin have life jackets, cupboard, wardrobe cabinet, night stand with chair and porthole window while luggage compartment is placed under the bed. Bathrooms are equipped with toilet, shower, wash basin, hair dryer, slippers, bathrobe, and for added convenience cosmetic package. All cabins are sound-proof and each cabin comes with the fire-proof doors. Some cabins have indoor passage access to the bar and restaurant area.
  Ship Information: CABIN SPECIFICATION (140 - 190 sq ft) A fully air-conditioned upper deck dining room can accommodate all passengers at once, yet offer a great degree of privacy for each guest. The restaurant includes bar area with LCD TV, there is also a corner table for buffet breakfast while each table has an easy-access chairs. There is also free wireless internet access (Wi-Fi). A portion of the dining area extends outdoors, offering sweeping panoramic views of the surroundings. Ship is also equipped with loud-speakers audio-system system for announcements by the captain or Tour Director. The kitchen is built up to the latest HACCP standards. The lounging sundeck has a total surface of 2,368 sq ft, partially offering sun-shade cover and providing deck-beds for all passengers. The covered part of the upper deck is spacious enough to accommodate all passengers, tables, chairs with available public lavatory. The ship has a rear access platform to the sea as well as ladders for easy access to the water. In addition, the vessel offers two outdoor showers and TWO /not four/ deck lavatories.
  Contact info: 2929 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 USA
phone: 954-771-9200
  Facility amenities: Boat is equipped with: Complete navigation equipment (navigation radar, plotter, GPS, radio, etc.) Fire alarm Emergency lights Video surveillance Life boat for 50 pax Tender boat for 12 passengers Electricity on board: 220 V 2 engines (400 HP each) + 2 generators for A/C and lights
  Smoking allowed: No

 Cornaro Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Unforgettable... Captivating... Modern... A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, affiliated with a passion for complete professional service which combine to create an experience that is truly exquisite. The excellent central city location, its ancient history surroundings and interior elegance are complemented by discreet placement of the latest technology thoughtfully integrated throughout each room bringing guests high-definition television and wireless high-speed internet access. It's the combination of personal touch, remarkable people, exceptional city central location and property full of charm that create the Cornaro Hotel experience.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Sinjska 6
Split,   Croatia
phone: +38521644200
  Room amenities: Air-conditioned room Size of Suite from 35m2 to 37,5m2 Size of Twin or Double rooms from 22 m2 to 29 m2 Size of Sgl room from 17 m2 to 19m2 In-Room electronic safe (laptop „friendly“) Reading light Writing desk Electronic door lock Soundproofed rooms Air conditioning for individual temperature control Toilette floor heating Non-smoking rooms
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Contact Road Scholar for Cost Pre Nights available upon request
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on day 2 with orientation in the early evening at the program hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. You will be staying at Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on day 13 at the program hotel in Split, Croatia. You will be staying at Cornaro Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Passport must be valid for 6 months.
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Taxis are readily available in both Split and between Herceg Novi and Dubrovnik.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Herceg Novi
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers who plan to make their own way to the program hotel in Herceg Novi can pre-book a transfer from the Dubrovnik airport, either through the hotel or through several agencies that offer this service.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Split
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers can take a taxi from the hotel to the airport or can ask the hotel for assistance in arranging a transfer.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart from the US
(Wednesday, May 27)
 Depart From: Depart from the US on international flights.

Day 2: Arrival and Orientation in Herceg Novi
(Thursday, May 28)

Note: Arrival and transfer to the hotel involves walking approximately 800 yard from where bus stops to the hotel. Luggage will be taken to hotel by mini bus. Any participants who need help will be taken to the hotel by mini bus.

 Afternoon: After arrival in Dubrovnik, Croatia, transfer to the hotel in Herceg Novi, Montenegro and take some time to unpack and relax before orientation. In the early evening, we will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel in Herceg Novi. Enjoy a buffet with choices of hot and cold international dishes, fresh salads, coffee, tea, and water.
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Budva and Kotor, Montenegro
(Friday, May 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: The Bay of Kotor's towns and islands have become internationally recognized as one of Montenegro's primary attractions and cultural treasures. One of the most interesting of these is ancient Perast. The motorcoach will take us around the bay where we will begin our walk to see palaces from the Renaissance and Baroque eras that attest to its former days of wealth as a favored vacation spot for Venetian and Russian nobles. There are also reminders of the town's seafaring heritage when it was a bustling port. Yet today, Perast has a population of fewer than 400. We then take small boats out into the bay to the tiny island, Our Lady of the Rocks. Legend has it that in 1452, two brothers sailed passed by a small crag jutting out of the bay bearing an icon of the Madonna and Child. To honor this experience, generations of mariners pledged their faith and created an artificial island by scuttling old ships and depositing stones. Eventually, the base was strong enough for a chapel that was named Our Lady of the Rocks. Such was its fame that the chapel was gifted with thousands of silver plates as well as masterful paintings. En route and back, you will be able to see at a distance the small island of St. George, a "natural" site notable for its Benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th century. At the conclusion of the field trip, we board the motorcoach and transfer to Kotor.
 Lunch: Lunch today is on your own in Kotor to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Kotor (UNESCO SITE) A local expert leads our exploration of Kotor’s old town, small but one of the best preserved on the Adriatic. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famed for exceptional architecture in a stunning natural setting. Founded by the Romans, Kotor developed into an important center of commerce and the arts. Traded back and forth between empires, its history is tempestuous. It was a bridgehead of Venice for a time, and Venetian influence is apparent everywhere including the impressive city wall. One of the key sites we will visit is the Maritime Museum, housed in a former palace, that documents the importance of seafaring in Kotor’s history and culture and its former status as a naval power.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Hunguest Hotel Sun Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Herceg Novi / Embark in Dubrovnik, Croatia
(Saturday, May 30)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Herceg Novi involves walking up a slope to the Old Town approximately 900 yards, then approximately 800 yards through the Old Town to the main square and first fortification, and then 900 yards back to the bus. In the afternoon, the visit to Dubrovnik involves walking no more than 2 miles in a circular trip and standing for up to 2 hours inside the Old City.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning check out of the hotel and discover the city of Herceg Novi. Visit the old fortified town decorated by buildings dating back to Turkish, Venetian, Spanish and Austro-Hungarian periods.
 Lunch: Today you have the opportunity to dine in the home of a local family en route to Dubrovnik. Discuss the realities of daily life along the Adriatic coast and gain insight into the culture and values of modern-day residents.
 Afternoon: Explore Dubrovnik, which Lord Byron described as “the Pearl of the Adriatic” while George Bernard Shaw called it “Paradise on Earth”. With such lavish praise heaped on the place, visitors could be forgiven for fearing it might fall short of expectations. Happily, even at first glace, it soon becomes apparent that with its towering stone walls, marble streets and beautiful baroque buildings, Dubrovnik is a city that is not just aesthetically pleasing, but steeped in a rich and fascinating history. We drive to the viewpoint south of town, then cross the stone bridge to walk down the broad, stone-paved main street known as the Stradun. It is the city's main thoroughfare, lined with graceful stone palazzi where people both work and live. Enter the city and visit the amazing courtyard of the Sponza Palace, known for its elaborate stone carvings. Explore the Franciscan monastery, as well as the impressive Rector's Palace and Church of St. Blaise. Late in the afternoon arrive at the MS Vita and take some time to settle into your cabins.
 Dinner: Dinner on the ship. For this evening and other dinners aboard the Vita, our chef will prepare tasty meals with different set menus. We will endeavor to accommodate special dietary needs to the extent possible given local resources.
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Dubrovnik Old Town
(Sunday, May 31)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Gather with your group for a lecture on board. Then transfer to Dubrovnik Old Town for independent exploration. Here we have some suggestions: --- Walk The City Walls --- The city walls were originally constructed in the 10th century, although fortified considerably in 1453. They are 3m thick along the sea wall, and 6m thick inland. The Old Town has fortresses at its four corners, which are the Minceta Tower , Revelin Fortress, St John's Fortress, and Bokar Bastion. --- The Dubrovnik Cable Car --- One of Dubrovnik's famed attractions used to be its cable car - built in 1969 - which rose up to the top of Mount Srd above the city, giving visitors a chance to take in some (even more) spectacular views of the Old Town and the shoreline. Sadly, the cable car was completely destroyed during the war in the early 1990s and was never repaired...until this year! The service has now been fully restored with entirely new equipment and is sure to be a must-do for visitors once again. A journey to the top of Mount Srd takes only 3 minutes, and once there you can take in the views whilst enjoy a snack, or something more, at the cafe or restaurant at the top.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is yours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic as the ship sails toward Mljet.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Mljet National Park / Korcula Island and Town
(Monday, June 1)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Mljet National Park involves walking over a small hill to a small lake and around it along to the big lake for approximately 1 mile and 400 yards, then retracing one's steps back to the ship. In the afternoon, the visit to Korcula requires walking and climbing some steps through the coastal gate and through the Old Town of Korcula for approximately 1 mile and 200 yards, then back to the ship for approximately 600 yards.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: National Park Mljet: Comprising the western part of Mljet Island, Mljet National Park is considered the most important protected area of southern Dalmatia and among the most captivating with its varied and verdant vegetation. The park includes two deep bays that, due to extremely narrow links to the sea, are called the Small Lake (Malo Jezero) and the Great Lake (Veliko Jezero) that has at its center the islet of St. Mary, reached by boat. The main feature is a 12th Century Benedictine monastery that includes the Church of St. Mary. The building has served a variety of purposes of the centuries and is now a café-restaurant. We will walk about 10 minutes (approximately a mile) and down a small hill to Malo Jezero and another 10 minutes (approximately half a mile) to the point where we take a boat to the islet and the monastery to hear the story of the monks and visit the church before returning.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Medieval Korcula After arriving in Korcula, we walk from the yacht to explore the Old Town, which, according to legend was founded by the Trojan elder Antenor. Local legend also claims it as the birthplace of the great explorer Marco Polo. This historic town sits on a fortified point jutting out into the sea. Its buildings of stone with red tile roofs create one of the most picturesque images along the coast. As we walk, observe the herringbone pattern of narrow walkways adorned with elegant houses and palaces. Among the most significant sites we will visit are St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Town Museum presenting cultural and commercial milestones from prehistory to the present with collections of traditional crafts including stonemasonry and shipbuilding as well as household objects that represent everyday life.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample local cuisine
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Hvar Island and Town
(Tuesday, June 2)

Note: The visit to Hvar is mainly flat and no more than 1 mile and 400 yards round trip, then standing for up to 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Presentation: "The Yugoslav Wars" led by your Study Leader in the ships lounge, examine the conflict and 20 years of independence.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Hvar: Following the decline of the Roman empire, the island of Hvar’s harbor town -- a center of Adriatic civilization and trade for thousands of years – was besieged by pirates. Hvar’s people sought protection from the Venetians, resulting in a new era of prosperity that enriched its cultural heritage. Today we see ancient walls, Gothic palaces, and stone paved streets. Led by a local expert, we will walk to the Arsenal -- described by the Venetians as “the most beautiful and the most useful building in the whole of Dalmatia” -- that includes the first theater in the western world open to all classes (built in 1612). We continue across the old town square, largest in Dalmatia, to St. Stephen's Cathedral, completed in the 18th Century on a 6th Century church site, followed by the Franciscan monastery.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Hvar Island and Stari Grad
(Wednesday, June 3)

Note: The visit to Stari Grad is no more than 1 mile round trip of walking on mainly flat ground.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: Discover Old Town: Stari Grad, one of the oldest settlements in Europe, sits on a beautiful bay in the northwest corner of Hvar -- “queen” of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands. Fields surrounding this ancient town were first laid out by Greek colonists in the 4th Century B.C. In the thousands of years since, it has been known by different names depending on which power controlled it. Slavs and Croats began arriving during the 6th and 7th centuries. Numerous monuments recall the town’s turbulent history. Stari Grad today is a UNESCO World Heritage site adorned with white stone houses. We will walk to the castle of the nobleman poet Petar Hektorovic, the Dominican monastery (1482) with its famous painting “The Mourning of Christ” attributed to Tintoretto.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Or, if you prefer, simply relax aboard the yacht. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Within the rich cultural heritage of Dalmatia, music holds a special place and one of the most popular forms of expression is singing. Before dinner, the group Faroski Kantaduri (Faros Cantors) will perform for you a combination of traditional Dalmatian polyphonic song blended with Gregorian chant, or as they put it, “from the tavern to the altar.” The Faroski Kantaduri have performed throughout Croatia and 20 countries from Europe to America including leading music festivals.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trogir
(Thursday, June 4)

Note: The visit to Trogir involves walking approximately 1 mile and 600 yards round trip.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a group lecture on board presented by your Study Leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Ancient Trogir: We arrive in Trogir mid-afternoon. Led by a local expert, we will undertake a walking exploration on this small island just off the mainland. The beautiful little town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It developed out of the ancient town of Tragurion (island of goats) founded by Greek colonists in the 3rd century B.C. Trogir today abounds with monuments that testify to its millennia of rich cultural heritage. As we walk along the waterfront to the South Town Gate, step back in time 4,000 years. We will Visit St Lawrence Cathedral and walk to St Mark Fort to view the city's defenses built by the Venetians. Afterwards, enjoy a lecture by a University of Split assistant professor to deepen your understanding of Dalmatian history and culture.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Split City Discovery
(Friday, June 5)

Note: The visit to Split involves walking approximately 2 miles and 600 yards round trip on flat ground and standing for up to 2 hours.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: This morning enjoy a lecture by a University of Split guest lecturer who will provide insights into aspects of the area’s distinctiveness.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: Field Trip: Discover Split led by a local expert, we will set out to explore the city on foot. The contemporary metropolis is a busy international port, university town, and home to notable scientific institutions, but its history began with Diocletian’s Palace. Built as an imperial villa for the emperor’s retirement, this huge complex spanning almost 10 acres at one time housed as many as 9,000 people. Split developed in the Middle Ages as a town within the palace. Today it is one of the only cultural monuments in the world where people still live. In addition to extraordinary Roman architecture, we will also explore significant sites such as the Peristyle, once the palace entry hall; the Golden Gate, once the main palace entrance; Temple of Jupiter; Cathedral of Saint Duje (Domnius), constructed from Diocletian’s mausoleum and reputed to be the oldest cathedral in the world including a 200-foot tall Bell Tower; and the statue of Grgur Ninski, a 10th-Century bishop who championed use of the ancient Croatian alphabet.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
Accommodations: MS Vita
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembark / Sibenik / Dalmatian Village Experience
(Saturday, June 6)

Note: In the morning, the visit to Sibenik involves walking approximately 1 mile round trip and standing for up to 1 hour. In the afternoon, participants walk approximately 500 yards round trip across uneven terrain through the village.

 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Field Trip: Discover Sibenik:This morning we check out of the hotel, board our motorcoach, and depart for Šibenik. Distinguished by its beautiful landscape, dramatic history, and cultural monuments, Šibenik has the distinction of being the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic. The old town is full of distinguished churches, noble palaces, and stone houses typical of Dalmatia. The Cathedral of Saint Jakov (James) is UNESCO World Heritage listed. We will walk along the sea front to the Cathedral and Town Museum in the former Rector’s Palace. At the conclusion of the field trip, we will hop aboard the motorcoach and visit a characteristic Dalmatian village.
 Lunch: Home-hosted lunch in a Dalmatian village featuring home-made local foods such as soup, roasted meat and potatoes, sweets, and wine.
 Afternoon: Discover an unspoiled Dalmatian village for a glimpse of the culture and traditions of this part of the Mediterranean. Later in the afternoon return to Split and check in at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Split.
Accommodations: Cornaro Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Split Ethnographic Museum
(Sunday, June 7)

Note: The visit to the Split Ethnographic Museum involves walking up to 2 miles round trip on flat ground. There is a lecture on the top floor of the museum which requires climbing several flights of stairs. No elevator is available.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning, deepen your understanding of the folk culture of Dalmatia at the Split Ethnographic Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in Split to discover the flavors of Dalmatia; your Group Leader will be on hand to provide suggestions and directions.
 Afternoon: Free time to further explore the city.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Split.
Accommodations: Cornaro Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Departure
(Monday, June 8)

Note: This program has a post-program extension! Extend your stay on 21037: Croatia’s Capital and Beautiful Lakes, featuring 4 nights of accommodation in Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Discover the energetic city of Zagreb, Croatia's capital; explore the historic town of Varazdin; and absorb the beauty of the colorful lakes of Plitvice Lakes National Park. If you would like to enroll in this extension, please contact our Participant Services department at 1-800-454-5768.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Montenegro, A Novel

Author: Starling Lawrence

Description: Steeped in atmosphere, this compelling tale of intrigue set in turn-of-the-century Montenegro evokes the tangled politics of the region -- Muslim, Turk and British. Lawrence follows the adventures of a reluctant British spy, Harwell Auberon, from the Adriatic to mountain villages, capturing the essence of the people and the land.

The Balkans, A Short History

Author: Mark Mazower

Description: A brief, provocative survey of the complex and often contentious history of the Balkans. With eloquence and insight, Mazower addresses the issues of geography, nationalism and modern nation-building in the region.

Venice, Pure City

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Description: Ackroyd's evocative, novelistic portrait of the city captures the spirit of the canals, markets and festivals, the merchants, artisans, scandals and seductions that have made Venice forever fascinating.

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